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Dogma - BrewDog

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 03-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.
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Ratings: 355 | Reviews: 219
Photo of drpimento
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Huh. Teaser beer that don't deliver. Poured with a great off white to tan colored head and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is interestlingly different. Then the taste is where it all goes to hell. Shallow. chemical. Who decided that this is good? Flav is so off that it's hard to think about body. Carbonation is ok. Finish is too long for the flavor. Glad it's now only a weird memory.

Photo of earthboundagain
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Notes

Well I am not an expert of spiced beers, so I will try my best with this review. I thought this beer was interesting to say the least. It has a lot going on flavor wise and I am not sure that all these flavors should be contained in the same bottle. The beer was different and unique, and I would drink it again with some friends, but I could not do another bomber alone. I will try this one again down the road and see if things have changed.

Photo of corby112
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that very quickly fades into a lasting ring that leaves

Sweet and spicy aroma with light fruit notes, peppery spice and subtle sweet honey. There is also an earthy herbal presence that blends well with these other aromas. Maybe even a touch of mint.

There are a lot of complex flavors going on here. There is a very strong floral/herbal minty feel along with some spicy peppry notes, subtle sweet honey, clove, light fruit notes and syrupy medicinal notes. Very complex and interesting but the problem is that it doesn't taste very good. I appreciate the experimentation but this beer should only be sought after by people who are curious to sample it once or those looking to tic.

Photo of Richardberg
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a bomber into a tasting glass. Light amber, somewhat cloudy (though not from sediment, just the opacity of the liquid). Small white foam didn't last.

S: not too different from a Latin American soft drink (where guarana is a common ingredient) - sweet, spicy, and earthy

T: disappointing. to me it tasted more like an English bitter ale than anything exotic. the sweet honey dominating the smell is mostly gone, giving way to a mostly bitter brew. it's not a /bad/ bitterness -- there's some depth to it, kind of like roasted coffee -- but it's not what I expected. the spicy ingredients are pretty much absent. on the plus side, the ABV is very well hidden.

M: average to below-average carbonation; fairly light body for a high gravity beer

D: pretty drinkable, especially for a 7.8%. But for all the wrong reasons: once sniffed a few times, there's not much going on. I'd almost prefer a beer of this type to be /less/ drinkable because it floored me with unusual one-off flavors.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz goblet.

Deep orange copper with a two inch frothy white head that dissapates to a 1/2 inch frothy wisp.

Smells of caramel malts, cola syrup and fresh wet grass and earth; Amarillo hop. Very inviting.

Taste is surprisingly well blended malts and hops; earthy with a slight oily mouthfeel. I can detect the guarana which is similar to a coffee bean without the acidity goes quite well with the Amarillo hop profile. There is a wonderful lingering aftertaste unlike anything I have ever enjoyed. I really enjoy the complexity of this brew; the 7.8% ABV is undetectable. As it warms I can detect even more eqarthy spice. Not overwhelming spice character. It is very subtle. The guarana, Kola nut and poppy seed are all stimulants much like coffee. These ingredients are often found in energy drinks. As funny as it sounds I feel a bit energized after quaffing down my first bottle of this stuff. I wish I had another bottle to sample!
THis was very drinkable. Uniqueue and enjoyable I would recommend sharing a bottle with someone who also enjoys a creative craft brew. Loved it!Will buy more.


Photo of erz316
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch -099, best before of 16/12/10, poured into old speckled hen glass.

A - the beer pours well, giving a big head with good retention. the head is probably a little over 2 fingers, coming in a lightly orange cream colour. lacing is also quite abundant. the body is a completely clear orange copper, a bit on the dark side. I dont know what a perfect, or even a good looking herb beer should look like, so I am going to settle on a solid four points.

S - i'll be damned if i know what kola nut or gaurana smell, let alone taste like. the nose is quite hoppy, in a more spicy than grapefruit, but more grapefruit than pine, kind of way. there is also decent malt presence, quite caramel-ish. oddly enough I even smell a pinch of fresh marijuana, though that could be the neighbors. the brew smells fine, I just can smell any of the special ingredients, so i think bumping down the score is appropriate.

T - I dont know how I should feel about this beer; its not bad, but its no knock out either. the initial taste is quite malty, caramel, and a more sweet than not. there is a distinct hop flavour in the background but it does not contribute enough to curb this quite potent sweetness. I guess I might taste some of that kola nut, and maybe the honey is making that very identifiable sweetness, but the poppy seeds and the gaurana, well, who the hell can tell. the sweetness is the most noticeable thing about this beer, seems almost out of place. the finish is bitter like piney hops, I don't know, maybe if i knew what these spices and herbs tasted like i would notice if there is a lot of kola or poppy. but I dont, so I cant. the aftertaste is malty and slightly hoppy.

MF&D - everything is pretty good in this department. ample carbonation, a heavy-light or real light medium body; its hard to tell because the carbonation thickens the body out really quickly.

Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a pint bottle it pours into my glass a light copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with subtle lacing,the aromas are honey,herbs and some strong malty guarana quite a different smell altogether but very nice,the palette is dominated with malty honey at first then finishes with a herbal twist and a little touch of alcohol with an average mouthfeel quite a pleasant beer thats very interesting and could drink it again but wouldnt drink it all night.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a black and pink labeled bottle that is an odd amount as it isn't a full bomber, but bigger than a 12 oz. 660 ml
The label informs me of the following:

Dogma is an innovative, enigmatic ale brewed with guarana, poppy seeds and kola nut all blended together with Scottish heather honey. A conspiracy of transcontinental ingredients infused with some devastatingly BrewDog imaginative thinking.

The flavours, intricacies and nuances of this beer are best enjoyed while musing over some obscure 17th Century philosophical meanderings, such as:

"If we disbelieve everything because we cannot certainly know all things we will do much, what as wisely as he who would not use his wings but sit still and perish because he had no wings to fly."
John Locke.

This beer is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies.

The pour is a deep clear amber with a white large bubbled head that dissipates somewhat fast leaving some lacing.

Aromas are plenty of maltiness with some caramel and bready sweetness in there. Overall, malt dominant in the nose.
Not really picking up all the added ingredients. Even the honey is hard to find. It is there, but in the background.

The flavor is malt dominant as well with some residual sweetness on the tongue. The honey is a bit more present in the flavor. Poppy Seed? I can't tell. Guarana? What the hell does guarana taste like? Perhaps like an energy drink. Kola Nuts? Again, never had them so I can't say.

One thing I can say is the 7.8 abv is really hard to tell. This beer hides it rather well.
Overall, The spices do add some character that is unique and unlike anything I've had before.

Dogma is the Roman Catholic understanding of what is right belief. This bottle of Dogma has me believe I'll have another sip.

Photo of crowncapcollect
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Sainsbury's into a straight glass.

Nice warm clear amber colour, with almost no head. Modest carbonation. Lovely aroma og honey, heather, grapefruit and citrus generally. Interesting complex mix of flavours and a nice lingering aftertaste. For once, sweetness really works well in a beer.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-gold, shimmering with sunset yellows and oranges, topped with a lacy, parchment-colored head. Wonderfully fruity, floral, grassy, and herbal nose - the heather honey really shines, with pleasantly soapy notes of thyme, lavender, and rose. This is possibly the most flowery beer I've ever smelled, with the possible exception of Avatar Jasmine IPA. A bit of grapefruit comes through as well, betraying the brewers' fetish for American hoppage (no complaints there!). Strong and bitter, yet restrained and balanced. Grapefruit pith and heather dominate, allowing for the thorny spice of noble hops, the volatile herbal kick of poppy, and the bubblegum fruitiness of guarana. Sweet with honey and biscuity grain, yet dry, with a light carbonation helping to perforate the sugars. Interesting and very flavorful; not quite as layered as I'd hoped, but a lovely, fun, and intriguing ale.

Photo of mdagnew
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep coppery amber colour. Slightly off white head poured quite big and bubbly then faded to wispy covering... no real carbonation.. light lacing..

Aroma - Toffee / caramel sweetness mixed with coppery metallic notes, brown lemonade, quite sugary, definite heather honey notes, tea leaves, caramalised apples and pineapples, raisins, light rubberiness, black pepper, rosemary and thyme herbalness, earthy, some fruit loaf maltiness...

Taste - Honey and caramel sweetness initially then a (harsh?) herbal hop bitterness come through, metallic notes, black pepper, sweet ginger beer spiciness, grassy and floral notes, some medicinal traces, toasted nuttiness, burnt sugar, warming alcohol comes through, light anise... (all the flavours definitely come together better as the beer warms up - probably goes from a 3.0 initially to 4.0)

Feel - Quite sharp and dry with a little oiliness underneath.. medium bodied... maybe a bit sickly after a while to be very drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good brew that definitely needs to warm up a little for all the flavours to meld... recommended...

Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 12/07/2010, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped sniffer. NOTE: I very much suspect that this ale is the same product as "Speedball", as the ingredients described on the back labels are identical - guarana, Californian poppy seeds, kola nut, and Scottish heather honey...

A: super elegant, the colour is dark amber with clear pink-orange glows, coming with very restrained carbonation and a slowly retreating off-white foamy head.
S: exactly like "Speedball" that I tried two months ago, the aroma provides lots of citric & woody hops with a concentration on overripe grapefruits and nectar, on a par with honey-ish & caramely-creamy malts, while from time to time a unique/weird hint of... well, mixed pepper cones, fennel seeds and dirt emerges in the background. The balance favours the sweet side of malts and honey, but the assertive hop aroma does manage to add a few more positive points.
T: the flavour definitely drives this beer apart from my previous encounter with Speedball, I think, in terms of the "order" of flavour elements that develop on the tongue - the main theme on the palate focuses on heather-ish and lightly fennel-like plantation, woodiness, plus intriguing elements like spiced dried grapefruit-peels, red pepper cones, and unknown peppery seeds (poppy seeds?), leaving red-grapefruity bitter hops and caramely malts to lag behind. Honey is mostly dissolved or blended nicely in this mixed flavour, leaving but a touch of sour nectar, while in the end a moderate flow of bitterness intensifies a bit and lingers gently, providing a semi-chewy & tannic undertone not unlike a well-hopped (but not-so-bitter) IPA.
M&D: the texture is mostly light and soft as far as the carbonation is concerned, but somehow the sweet elements do overpower the more delicate, unusual elements on the palate. That said, just like my experience of Speedball, all the intriguing elements fail to make a clear presentation in the overall drinking performance, as I've never tasted each ingredient separately. Put together, nevertheless, this fairs a well-crafted and intriguing ale truly worth exploring!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm so glad I didn't write these brews of from the UK, I thought they were trying to bite the American style. This beer proves that they are just taking some tips from us and applying it to their own brewing traditions. Appears a glowing crimson amber when held to the light, a pale beige head forms with tight bubbles lacing is thin but evenly spread, very nice presentation again we have the 660ml bottle. Best by 12/16/2010. This must be fresh...

Aromatics offer up sweet nectar with spicy undertones, a flow of honey and alcohol coming out with caramel malt and earthy hops. A definite high ball of craft brewing with the poppy seeds providing the downer and the guarana and kola nuts providing the stimulants. BTW, according to wikipedia...kola nuts contain high amounts of N-nitroso compounds which are carcinogenic. No worse chewing tobacco, right?

Flavors pleasant slightly burnt edge amongst layers of caramel malt sweetness finishes highly bitter with additions of those Amazonian fruits and African nuts. Sweet herbal honey layers with Scottish Heather honey additions, but doesn't ever become cloying. I cant detect earthy hops with ample bitterness looked up the IBUs...65 and I was surprised to see Amarillo hops in use not getting any grapefruit or citrus edges.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a sweet even flow, not bad at all quite enjoyable brew that I will revisit with friends. The big bottle is a bit much for a single portion size. Carbonation is even and inoffensive nothing to apologize about here.

Drinkability overall is okay a very complex crimson amber brew that was loaded with weird ingredients, a bit of extreme brewing across the pond maybe they visited Sam Calgione and company.

Photo of jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Sweet piney nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is complex with malt, sweet licorice, bit of caramel. Best by 3/3/2010. $7.00 for a 22 oz bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange and honey ambrosia like color. Pretty quick head that goes from one finger head, to film, to nothing in less than five minutes. Only one line of bubbles. Totally toasted with some unplaceable herbal scents and a light coca-cola aroma. Sweet caramel with powder dry herbal notes. The middle is a light corn syrup with maybe some honey and wet orangey hops in the middle. The finish is bitter first then leaves a powder dry cola flavor. Very unique brew with lots of different flavors evoking thought with each sip. Ok sipper.

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brownish red color with a tan head. Head is foamy and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of caramel malts, floral hops and a bit of spice.

T- Taste is nutty and sweet up front. Tastes like a scottish ale.

M- Medium in body and low carbonation.

D- Not bad at all not the best out there but easy to drink.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660 ml bottle, best before 3/3/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a half-inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very sweet, it smells like honey, caramel malt, toffee, tea and nuts (which I assume is from the poppy seeds and kola nuts). It tastes like honey, caramel, toffee and herbal hops. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very noticable at all. I thought it was pretty decent and would try it again in the future, although this brew is a bit pricey.

Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cambridge Brewing Co. collaboration night. Served in a teardrop glass.
A) Poured with a two finger head. Tan. Creamy. Sticky. Amber in color.
S) Robust caramel malts. Floral hops. Cinnamon.
T) Nutty and sweet up front. Noticeable heather. Midway through hop bitter smackdown. Lingering hop taste and feel. Complex all the way through.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Tannin in the finish and beyond.
D) It takes time to warm up to this one. Very creative composition.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A-Slightly veiled medium amber that only forms its eggshell head with a with very vigorous pour.

S-Candied dark fruits and caramel malts. It smells almost cloyingly sweet.

T-The smell is deceptive, as the taste is nowhere near as sweet as it smells. A caramel toffee nuttiness begins the palate followed by the guarana poppy seed combo and a hoppy back end. Alcohol follows in the finish.

M-Lighter than expected...on the lighter side of medium. Balanced carbonation.

D-I'd say this is reasonably drinkable. Unusual, but drinkable. I probably am not going out of my way to buy another any time soon, but it has sparked my curiosity about the brewery and I look forward to seeing what else Brewdog has to offer.

Photo of OStrungT
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden amber color, with a thin, creamy light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a mild caramel malt aroma. Some nutty aroma mixes in. It isnt as aggressive as I thought. It has a slight fruity aroma. A slight fig aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Less than I thought. Toffee and caramel mostly. Some nutty flavor also. I can taste a slight fig flavor also.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a caramel sweet aftertaste.

This beer might be a good session beer. It surely isnt aggressive. The alcohol content is a little high, so that would be the only problem.

Overall: This beer didnt impress me. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt incredable either. I expected it to be unique, but it was jsut middle of the road.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer resembles an IPA: hazy burnt orange color, nice white head. Despite the long list of ingredients, the aroma was pretty tame. Some spice and sweet grain. Lots of different tastes show up. Some honey, toffee, Coca Cola, licorice, and hop bitterness. I'm not sure what this beer is trying to do, and found it to be a little too schizophrenic for me.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I've never had a beer with kola nuts, poppy seeds, and guarana before. Would it really matter?

The beer seems to hold firm to a very solid English Bitter or a strong Mild. Great caramel flavors and aromas that might edge toward toffee. Though flavorful, the beer does not give a lot of residual sweetness, rather simply malty and drinkable.

The hops have a mild herbal flavor but ultimately a sturdy underpinning of bitterness that becomes a bit abrupt at times with a bitey lingering.

Otherwise, the beer has a nice medium fruitiness but not the buttery notes that come along with English style beers. This one seems to have ample carbonation to withstand a great head throughout and nice lacing all the while (most Brewdog beers have been lightly carbonated and not capable of doing so).

A nice English style bitter but the additions of the nuts, seeds, and herbs make little impact.

Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale chestnut color with a weary off white head that fades quickly.

Thick english hops with a buttery diacetyl almost aspect. Some hints of earth hops and cereal grain.

Toffee galore with english noble bittering hops. Same buttery aspects of the nose. Nice thick mouth holds well to the cask conditioning.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because I read a review of one of their other brews in BeerAdvocate magazine which sounded interesting, because it seems BrewDog is a Scottish brewery inspired by U.S. craft greats, and because the label text seems obviously inspired by particular California breweries of note. To wit: "This beer is not cool. You may think it is, but that is just a beautiful lie fabricated by clowns and gypsies." Kinda LagunitaStone, no? Also, it's brewed with Scottish heather honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana. Experimental, at the very least.

Didn't expect this, but it looks very Double IPA: burnt rust-orange color with a creamy, bubbly half-inch head. Well-filtered and just a few streaks of lace.

With all those wild ingredients, it sure doesn't smell very exotic. Rather just a dull fruit aroma with a slap of nuttiness that seems to put a fence around what might've been a more assertive smell.

The flavor, however, offers something for the fan of experimental brews. The guarana is probably the most up-front of the stated ingredients, with a super-earthy honey coming a close second. Nut is there and very much asserting its kola-ness, and having had Magic Hat's Odd Notion version that was brewed with poppy seeds, I believe there's a smidgen of those here too (a strained earth/dirt flavor). Inevitably, Dogma brings many tea-like impressions to mind. Take it as you will, but I'm not a huge fan of tea, although I quite like his beer. There's a tartness and a quick drying-out that lets the flavor down, as it just doesn't last long, and the only thing riding through in the finish is puckery unripe fruit. Still, when each sip offers something unusual, I'm in it for the long haul (ie. a full bomber -- no prob).

Mouth is velvety and borders on creamy, though a thinner body keeps it from grabbing much of the attention away from the interesting flavor profile.

Like this a good bit, although wouldn't want it more than occasionally. It has some problems (the puckery finish, unremarkable aroma) but all in all, I like. I like that it's one of few beers that doesn't bring "hops," "malt" or "yeast" to mind yet doesn't lack flavor and depth -- at least not for what it's going for, which is smashing paradigms and style categories. I'm officially interested in trying more BrewDog brews.

Photo of degerbah
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle at UC's international beer tasting.

Pours a cloudy amber color with no head at all. The smell is odd. According to the bottle it is made with guarana, kola nuts, honey, poppies, and other spices. I could have been picking up any of these, the smell was just odd. The initial taste reminds me of an APA. Lots of hops up front with a huge honey aftertaste. There is almost no discernable alcohol taste which is an accomplishment at 7.8%. Too much honey for my taste and probably wouldn't get it again. Still, its my first brewdog and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Dogma from BrewDog
82 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.